State Fair invites guests to Unite in Purple

The Minnesota State Fair invites everyone to Unite in Purple and celebrate the life of Prince on Friday, Aug. 26 from 5 p.m. to close. Just like Prince, the State Fair brings people together, and together Minnesotans will join in a State Fair-sized celebration of the life of Minnesota’s beloved icon. Everyone who attends is encouraged to wear purple as a tribute to the famed native son.

Visitors to the fair on the night of Aug. 26 will experience:

• Prince music, tributes and cover songs at stages throughout the fairgrounds

• A Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by Mazda featuring a Prince tribute

• A sea of fair visitors in purple and Prince gear

• A Prince Party in the Park with music and dancing led by GenerationNOW’s DJ Dudley D, Prince’s personal DJ, at Carousel Park

• Lavender lighting on iconic fair buildings and carnival rides

• A one-night-only Lasertainment’s Laser Hitz show featuring a Prince finale

• Unite in Purple glow bracelets for the first 5,000 guests through the gates after 5 p.m.

• Unite in Purple buttons for the first 7,500 visitors through the gates after 5 p.m.

Following Charlie Wilson and Fantasia’s show at the Grandstand, the evening will conclude with the Minnesota State Fair Fireworks Spectacular set entirely to Prince music and featuring a special pyrotechnic Prince tribute.